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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  9,900 Ratings  ·  716 Reviews
In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 40 feet below the basement level of his house, Captain Lee Harden of the United States Army waits. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn int ...more
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published January 20th 2012
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May 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Most of my thoughts about this book can be simplified into one word: NO. The plot wasn't good. The writing was worse. The characters were not endearing. The protagonist is dumb and impossible for me to root for.

I feel that the author didn't really think everything through. The United States Army built a fortified bunker for Captain Lee Harden, but built it such that the only entrance was from inside the basement of Harden's home. And this bunker did not include any surveillance, which left Harde
Dirk Grobbelaar
Standard Zombie Apocalypse fare, but deftly handled. If you’ve ever wondered what The Walking Dead would be like if Rick had been better prepared for the apocalypse, this will be right up your alley.

Hands caked in dried blood reached for him.

Speaking of prepared. This may also be the main Achilles heel of the story, if you were inclined to find fault. The protagonist survives the “end-of-the-world” event by being sequestered in a bunker by the U.S. government as part of a contingency plan for c
Jun 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry, I really am, but I'm going to have to call it quitsies on this book.
I don't like DNFing books, I've only done it a handful of times in my life, but I really can't go on.

For the last twelve days I have struggled to make myself read more of this book, averaging out at about 5 pages per day.
60 pages in total for those of you playing at home.

I've read 400 to 500 page novels in the space of a couple of days(which, in all honesty, would probably equal one day, had I not been at work for
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't find anything really outstanding about this series. It was all things that had been done before.

It reminded me a bit of Walking Dead, so fans of the series may enjoy this. Unfortunately I am not one (don't hurt me!).
Timothy Mayer
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Remaining by D. J. Molles is a digital publishing sensation. It has more than 900 reviews on Amazon and is being filmed as a movie. People who say the Internet hasn’t done much for new authors need to watch this star rise. Author D. J. Molles, has made great use of the Internet to get his book talked-about. You can check out his blog here or Facebook page here. The Remaining is also the best example of TEOTWAWKI (The End OF The World As We Know It) fiction on the market.

Appropriately, the no
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Remaining is a great zombie book. Originally self-published in 2012, it quickly became an internet bestseller before being picked up by Orbit, and there’s a damn good reason for that. By now you’ve probably seen a lot of the positive reviews it has garnered, though I’m willing to bet few of them have praised this story for being terribly original. But does that make this a bad book? Heck no. In fact, I would argue that
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
*Contains very minor spoilers*

Unfortunately, the technical errors in this book were so rampant that they ruined the story for me.

There are vocabulary and grammatical errors ("anyways" should be "anyway;" he vs. him, etc.), as well as punctuation issues (what was written as "Peterson's" should have actually been Petersons or Petersons' most of the time, as well as other inappropriate apostrophes and commas in other places). There are also problems with spelling consistency (The girl's name is spe
Jan 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was a short, quick read. Unfortunately, it really felt like it was basically just one cliche after another, and the characters were all 1-dimensional tropes. (view spoiler) I think these types of characters work better in things like games and action movies.

One thing that really annoyed me about this book was the way the author would suddenly shift perspectives f
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I quickly got sucked into this book. The premise is the US government has prepared certain highly trained and well-supplied individuals to prep for a catastrophic event that could bring down the government. Our main protagonist, US Army Captain Lee Harden, is just such a person and he, naturally, never expects such an event to ever happen - but, of course, things do develop and the entire country is overtaken by murderous creatures who have been infected by a mysterious bacterium. This is classi ...more
James Somahkawahho
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it

I highly recommend this book.

D.J. Molles is an unknown author (To me anyway). I took a chance and downloaded this novel based on Amazon reader reviews. If you like the "Walking Dead", you'll love "The Remaining". It’s set in present day and in the south. The world has gone to hell because of a contagious bacterium that has spread like wild fire throughout the world. "Captain Lee" is in his government built house / survival bunker. He and 49 other Captains are stationed in each of the fifty stat
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not a horrible book, in the end, but there are some simply shocking plot inconsistencies that truly end up breaking the narrative's spell at a number of points. Did the author have no one read this over? Did the AUTHOR bother to read this over, start to finish?

IN FACT, the inconsistencies are so bad that there is one in the first sentence of the GoodReads description-- stating that the bunker is 40ft under his house, when the book only says 20ft.

Not at all convinced I want to bother with the res
Oct 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I was going to give this book two stars until I got to the "ending". There was an utter lack of conclusion--the book just stopped. I know it's part of a series but even when series authors write a cliffhanger ending, they bring the story to a good pausing point--ideally there would be SOME sense of resolution and also a compelling reason for the reader to want to continue reading the series. That didn't happen for me with THE REMAINING. The "ending" pissed me off and reinforced that I did not li ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay... I have many things that I want to rant and rave about here... and the most important thing to understand is that none of it pertains to this story or the author...

I am so tired of these "people" writing reviews on books that they've either received for free or paid pennies on. They rip these authors apart as if they are writing reviews for some established literary magazine...when in fact, they're just miserable that they can't find the time to start writing in between their busy schedul
Timothy Ward
Beginnings of zombie books are important because they are where the story often sets itself apart. This book has a few ways, one of which being that I guess it isn't technically a zombie book. The furys are dead people driven by a highly contagious bacteria to kill in as violent and raging a way as possible. Not all are like that, but they are all beyond saving. I liked that little twist, and was often afraid of what they would do. Molles has a solid skill set for creating tension and the narrat ...more
Tanja Berg
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, kindle, zombies
Rating: 2.5* out of 5.

Captain Lee sits in a bunker with his dog Tango and suspects the world as he knew has ended. He has orders. After 30 days he is to emerge to try establish law and order, together with one more such coordinator per state. I would have the the United States of America could have afforded to bunker more than one soldier per state - how one person could restore a semblance of order when anarchy has established itself seems highly unrealistic. But I side-track. Anyway, when he
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
The storyline is BS, how can 1 soldier do much, where's the special forces? where's the army, if 1 soldier can do all that, then the army with 100000x more people, more firepower, more guns, could have stopped it, if a group of 50 untrained people in a camp can last that long, what about 1000's of soldiers with better equipment, better facilities, yeah, that's why 2 stars, the story line just doesn't make sense, not logical, Author might as well gave Lee special super human powers, would have be ...more
Carolyn F.
I had high hopes for this book in the beginning. A man is one of a few that are kept in bunkers when bad events take place in the US. This last time bad things really did happen. He's been expertly trained for years. So, when he does really stupid things, I'm saying to myself What the Fudge! I wouldn't have done that and I've had zero training.

Here's some of his most stupid actions: 1) Rescues a boy then leaves the boy with his dog saying he'll be back in a couple of hours - not telling the boy
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie-romane
Amerikaner haben für (oder gegen) alles einen Plan. Ehrlich. Auch für den Fall, dass die Zivilisation, so wie wir sie (aus dem Fernsehen) kennen, zusammenbricht. Sobald die US-Regierung, das Militär und die zivilen Behörden nicht mehr dazu in der Lage sind den Staat zu führen, tritt eine ganz besondere Einheit in Aktion.

Eigentlich ist es ja das gegenteil einer 'Einheit', denn dieser Haufen Soldaten (für jeden und in jedem US-Bundesstaat gibt es einen) ist über das ganze Land verstreut. Wann imme
Peter Smith
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In years to come, literature students will probably not be gathering to discuss the symbology and hidden meaning of The Remaining. And I'm fine with that.

Instead what we have here is a fast-moving survival horror story. The premise is that the main character is part of a program where, any time a crisis is impending, soldiers are sent to underground bunkers so that if civilization comes unraveled, they can emerge and try to help organize survivors. 1 soldier per state, well armed and supplied an
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of the post apocalyptic genre. I'm also a big fan of zombies. Not all zombie books are post apocalyptic, but this series seems to be what I would consider the best of both worlds.

I really like the characters, and the pace of the books is excellent. Truly masterfully told.

Dialogue is something that I tend to notice as being weak, or unnecessary filler in a lot of books. Certainly not this series. It seems very well done.

The plot kept me interested the whole time. Always wondering w
This was an okay book, but reminds me why I don't read zombie books often. They are dark, depressing, disturbing, and generally don't end well. The world in them usually doesn't improve and only gets worse. This one was also really graphic at times and kind of made me ill with some descriptions of what bullets do to people. I can be trusted to know what they'll do without this. The satellites falling out of the sky issue stuck out for me when Lee mentioned the GPS being so important to him. They ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. A super fan of apocalyptic books, and zombie like creatures, this one has it all. The main character, a US army Captain Lee, in a bunker with all the supplies he needs for awhile. Of course, he doesn't have any communication with the outside world, and must cautiously explore what is happening. He ventures out, only to find people in need of help. Bad guys that think it's okay to kill others for sport, or rule, or whatever their thoughts are. Lee is a bad ass, like I expect al ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic post-apocalyptic zombie story with a military slant and I just couldn’t read it fast enough. Plenty of shoot 'em up zombie battles, the inevitable local warlords who rise to power in lawless situations and one soldier who was trained for rebuilding government in the event of a collapse. I loved the way the solder is given tools to rebuild (won't give it away here) and really found myself rooting for him by the end of the book. Very well written and a somewhat original concept ...more
Dec 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Mild spoilers but I couldn't finish.

I don't understand the high rating. There were continuity issues. Lee is not believable as a military officer, nor is the premise itself believable.

We meet Lee in his underground bunker waiting to hear from a government official. He doesn't, and 48hrs after not hearing he has to open a secret file that describes the situation that got him sent underground until further notice. It's a virus that has spread. If he's reading this then the government is gone/infe
Kurt Alderman
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Why would I read this book? I read it because it is indeed a fast paced story, no dearth of action, and has the minimum of required plot twists I didn't see coming to keep me turning pages. This story has holes in both character development and story line, but that was okay with me because I didn't want a deep story line with a ton of development. With that caveat in mind, this book could have been top shelf sic-fi had those elements been dealt with. I'll be largely stereotypical here and say th ...more
Kelly Jordan
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a NC resident and huge fan of post-apocalytpic zombie genre lit, I was absolutely floored to stumble on D.J. Molles' "The Remaining" on my Kindle. The first of (currently) four books in the series, the plot is completely engrossing and fast paced.

The premise is interesting-- the US government has 50 military trained agents, one in every state, with a secret bunker installed beneath their home. Whenever the US is under any sort of threat, 9/11, avian flu, North Korea talking big with nukes, t

Maybe slight Spoilers as not worked out how to use the spoiler hide feature.

Captain Lee has a mission to emerge and establish law and order to an anarchic state after 30 days in isolation with just his 'specially trained' canine companion. Bit of a tall order for one person even if he is one of the military's special elite. Also Tango is left at every opportunity as its an easier operation without him.

It felt like characters were spliced from other novels/films etc to make it more interesti
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Divergent for the middle-aged man or Hunger Games for the zombie lover. The book reads like it is a Hollywood thriller. The basic premise is that a plague has infected most of the population and, before collapsing, the US Government activated their contingency to combat this situation. The main character is one of the individuals representing the government and trying to build alliances and restore order. Neither of which he does effectively.

There are some narrative shifts that are unnecessary
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I failed to comment on this book after first reading it. not from a lack of interest or any ambivalence. Simply because I was too busy getting my hands on the next installment.
I love this series. it is intelligently written, enough action for those that want that, enough introspectiob and emotion for those who want that. it balances a good plot, which expands and expands over the series. it has realistic characters. good guys, bad guys and those that dont know. its got zombies sure but then som
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D.J. Molles has two published short stories, "Darkness" and "Survive," which won a short fiction contest through Writer's Digest. "The Remaining" and its follow up "The Remaining: Aftermath" are his first novels and have been met with overwhelming success. He lives in the southeast with his wife and daughter.
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